KUALA LUMPUR: A group of Malaysian lawyers and parliamentarians has submitted a memorandum to the Singapore High Commission asking for the clemency of Malaysian citizen Yong Vui Kong, who is facing the gallows.

Walter Chia, the High Commission’s first secretary, received the memo from Fadiah Nadwa Fikri of Lawyers for Liberty. Chia promised to convey the memorandum to the Singapore Goverment.

The 22-year-old was convicted on Jan 7 last year for trafficking 47g of diamorphine, a capital offence under Singapore’s Misuse of Drugs Act. He was arrested on June 13, 2007, when he was 18.

N. Surendran of Lawyers of Liberty said Yong should be given a second chance.

Kapar MP S. Manickavasagam warned the Singapore government that he would bring a coffin to the High Commission if they went ahead and executed Yong.

On Tuesday, Yong’s family members delivered a petition and signatures to the Singapore President at the Istana, begging for his clemency.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said earlier that the Government had sent a letter of clemency to the Foreign Minister of Singapore and would leave it to them to decide on the matter.

Source : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/8/26/nation/20100826155420&sec=nation